February 6th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton, Kennedy and Obama meet on the Senate floor

(CNN) - CNN's Ted Barrett reports that on the Senate floor just minutes ago, Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, who has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, approached Sen. Hillary Clinton during the vote on the economic stimulus package. He shook her hand and said something that caused her to laugh loudly - it seemed to be about her success in Massachusetts last night. Obama, standing two feet away talking to Sen. Tim Johnson, turned.

After a few more comments that couldn't be overheard from the press gallery directly above them, Clinton laughed again and said to Obama. "I had a big sigh of relief when he [Kennedy] endorsed you." Everyone laughed, a little awkwardly. Sen. John Kerry, who has also endorsed Obama, took the Illinois senator by the elbow and walked away with him.

soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. (Once)Undecided Dem

    Hillary would do well to learn what most of us learned as children: It is as important to be gracious in victory as it is to be gracious in defeat.

    February 6, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. Debbie

    well said Hillary. See what happened in CA and MA.? Kennedy's influences did not help Obama, right? Go Hillary 08'

    February 6, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. JLS

    It is very disappointing to see what is happening to this race.

    Does everyone not remember Bush offering change. He lacked the knowlege and the tenure needed and now Oprah and friends want to lead us again down the same path.
    Give him 4 to 8 more years to develop his plans for change as well as expand his knowledge. The American people need him to be more prepared.

    Yes, Hillary has some issues that are not attractive...but we have so many issues in this country...what are Obama's plans..anyone can talk about change..we need strategies and tactics...where are his? It seems like complete fluff to me...
    very weak at the moment to me when you truely listens to his rectic.

    We need the people of America not to use the race card that has the possibility of causing more issues that Bush and his lack of expierence have brought.
    By looking at the places of his wins last night how could one not look to the race card playing into this. What has he done to drive his own race here in IL? What is the African American people he will do to help them?

    Please fellow Americans..vote for change...change that comes from understanding what is needed based on years of knowledge..we call ill afford to have Bushism's for yet another 4 years while Obama gets on the job training...Will Oprah fix the issues after he is ousted for not being ready yet? I am guessing by then she will have a few more weight loss stories and put spins on the mess she may have helped to cause.
    After all , please look at the last thing she supported...her school? Corrupt, abuse and damage to her own kind>>

    I will support Obama when he has more time to make me believe he has time in his current job to drive change based on what he has learned. Obama in 2012\2016

    February 6, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Chris

    Hillary's attempt to be smug is just more proof that she is nothing more than Washington insider more concerned about her personnal politics than what is important to the nation.

    February 6, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. ivor

    I think it would be very good for Mrs Clinton and Mr Obama to be on the same ticket and unified the democratic party ticket very early before the convention with Hillary being the presidental candiate and Obama being the Vice President.

    February 6, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. Lola

    She "didn't want the Kennedys' endorsement"?????

    Are you joking? Do you know how vigorously the Clintons begged for Teddy's endorsement??? A last-minute plea by telephone from Bill Clinton also happened. They were dying for it.

    It was after the Kennedy endorsement that Obama started making up those 20-30 point deficits - now he's neck and neck nationally. The Kennedy name and value is national, not regional.

    Please - it's just sad to see her behave like this. Kind of like saying "I didn't want to date you anyway" after being dumped!

    February 6, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. Christian, Tampa FL

    First of all, that comment from Clinton is very telling and somewhat insulting to both Kennedy and Obama, if that's really what was said.

    Second, some of you Clinton supporters are kind of rabid-seeming, bashing Obama for getting the endorsements of two major Democratic players. I'd advise you all to be humble, because Hillary now has the cash disadvantage and let's face it: Super Tuesday was only a victory for Obama.

    February 6, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. truth teller

    Here is disappointing for the media. They always coming up with positive reports for Obama.
    Obama's lack of experience will come back to bite us all .Always finding ways to turn Hilary statements around or leaving out fragments of what was said, to make it negative
    They find a way to turn Hilary good into something negative or find someway to give Obama free advertisements;. .

    So Obama you go ahead see over conference maybe your downfall.

    Hilary 08

    February 6, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. Jim Baxter

    The Democratic party has a long history of nominating someone that has no chance of winning in November. We need to take a close look at the election yesterday. Obama won Georgia, and Alabama to go along with South Carolina because of African American votes. In November they will probally go to the Republicans. He is also winning in the Caucus States where a large pecentege of people do not participate. Had all of these States had primaries there is no way he would have won with as high of a % as he did. She is winning most of the primaries which is a more true indicator of November. While I personally like Obama, and will vote for him if he wins the nomination, I believe Hillary is our best chance of winning in November.

    February 6, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. Sierra

    Kennedy and Kerry are basically gonna control Obama. They know they can manipulate him that's why they endorsed him. Obama won't control the presidency Kennedy and Kerry will. People this is so

    Can't agree more

    February 6, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. s.positive

    You Hillary supporters, better go borrow and help your leader as she's in real big financial trouble...

    February 6, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. SC

    you go girl! kennedy endorsed obama not because he was inspired, because obama is manageable. Obama will be Kennedy's puppet boy. Hillary ain't no one's puppet.

    February 6, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  13. anton

    Me thinks that it's the "good old boys club"...business as usual, and is that what one calls "change"?

    February 6, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  14. Ready4

    What is up with Ted Kennedy?? Every time he sees Hillary he seems to reach out to her to shake her hand?? I think his concious is starting to get the best of him. Don't worry Teddy...Hillary is still your friend!
    Sounds like Obama is snubbing Hillary again. That's twice someone comes to the rescue!! First it was McCaskill by taping his shoulder now Kerry taking his elbow?!! Why are his supporters so afraid of Obama talking to Hillary... ???

    ~~~~ Go Hillary ~~~~~

    February 6, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. JIM

    Hillary is one smart and twisted lady, LOVE HER. OMG she has Obama sooo pissed off right now, and she has it appearing now as though she and Kennedy hatched this sabotage plan a longggg time ago. Obama opened up to Kennedy alot I'm sure about his strategy, now he's off laughing with Hillary. Hillary is one amazing politician, poor baby Obama.

    February 6, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  16. Basquale

    The Hillary Machine doing its job. Disgusting you folks!

    February 6, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. LARRY


    February 6, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. Edward Green

    Lani,you should be ashamed of your vile propaganda.You mean to say Obama is not a man of his own?Then one can also say that Hillary will be controlled by Bill.This is even more manifested in all the roles he is played. Give me a break!

    February 6, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. Ron

    Quit whining! Seriously, it is very distasteful. I'm sure Hillary would have loved to get Kennedy's endorsement, but in all reality, it doesn't matter who supports a candidate, it is how many people support the candidate (as in us voters).

    Obama's movement is a wave going across the country! So climb aboard, there's plenty of room on Obama's ship!

    February 6, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. democrat_2008

    DNC should force them to run on one ticket together.

    February 6, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  21. Brennan

    Hillary would have given anything to get Kennedy's endorsement, its a known fact she nearly begged him for it. All the Obama naysayers here have one thing in common, they are women, who want a woman for President. Sure you all talk about who has the best experience or who is better for the economy, but come on... Be honest about why you are supporting Hillary, you cant because its too shallow... Listen to the Republican political pundits, they are DREAMING of running against Hillary, they want nothing more than that! I'd take those taped tidbits and turn it into an Obama commercial if I was him. Hillary is unelectable, not because she's a woman, but because of the Bill baggage she'll never get past! Its all about electability here, we dont want to send another dud boat out in the water for the swift boats to torpedo...

    February 6, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. bob

    if obama and clinton cant come together at the end and run together, we are are in for 4 years of mccain. say it aint so.

    February 6, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. Sis

    Hillary is playing mind games. I don't want this evil woman in the White House. I would vote for a Republican first before I would vote for her.

    February 6, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  24. mary

    this probley dose not belong here But Obama will do anything to get elected.and CNN will help him that is why I will not be watching CNN anymore or my
    opinions on their blogs I have complain to them called them about thier
    unfairness to the other canadtes in cluding Hillery but they do not care.
    They are in love with Obama I am just waiting for him foul up and thats the day
    I will rejoyce its comming. But what I ment about trying to get votes
    he said the GOP has dirt on Clinton.I know all I need to know about the Clintons
    I have heard all their sorty tales. So if Obama thinks it is news he badly
    mistaking. We need to know more about him and the skelatons he has
    but CNN has neve rpursued it when they have a story on him.
    oh if he thinks he will win the great state TEXAS THINK AGAIN THIS CLINTON

    February 6, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. mal

    Why would the Republicans want Hillary Clinton to win the Democratic nomination?
    "Because", she could unite them, like no Republican, ever could. How can the Republicans win, even if Hillary wins the White house ? Because they know what "Bill", will be busy doing in the White house .

    February 6, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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